No 'Sunshine' on Kitchener Candidates List as middle names removed from the ballot
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No "Sunshine" for Kitchener City Council Candidate: Her unique middle name removed from the ballot.
For Release September 29th,2018
I am very happy to have my initial paperwork as submitted in May honored. By allowance of my full legal name as I have always requested it to be printed to now appear on the ballot, I find fairness in Section 41 of the Municipal Elections Act. In municipal and all forms of politics name recognition is an important matter. The fairness this will allow the voters, through the elimination of any confusion that would have been produced through this discrepancy, has been returned to this election. For this I am most grateful.
I understand this has cost the city and only wish this could have been addressed sooner, to avoid such cost. I have had no control over the cost, nor the initial decision. I have incurred financial costs myself to address this matter.
I am a woman who stands up for what I believe in. This is what the public has witnessed. The equality represented within this decision and fairness brought forth in this decision, is what I strive to bring to this community. I stand for myself, as I will continue to stand for others.
Vote Sunshine… for the smart growth of Ward 2!
For Immediate Release – September 27, 2018
Regan Sunshine Brussé will bring application to put ‘Sunshine’ on the Ward 2 City of Kitchener ballot
Regan Sunshine Brussé has retained the law firm of Duncan, Linton LLP to represent her in an application to a judge of the Superior Court to have her full name placed on the ballot for Ward 2 for Kitchener City Council.
Brussé is one of four ward candidates in the October 22, 2018 municipal election. Although a first-time candidate, she has experience working on other campaigns and knows the importance of branding, marketing and name recognition in any election. In addition to her platform dealing with the local issues unique to Ward 2 and the City of Kitchener, she has capitalized on her unique middle name “Sunshine”. Her campaign literature, signs, website, buttons, T-Shirts, and on-line presence place “Sunshine” as the central focus. On the campaign trail and going door-to-door meeting her constituents, she has emphasized that people can easily remember her name: Sunshine. “I always say to people when I’m campaigning or giving a speech, “Vote for Sunshine‟. People love it and I know I’m making a connection with them.”, said Brussé.
Despite all candidate documents being properly filed with the City including her full legal name, Regan Sunshine Brussé, Ms. Brussé discovered early last week that the City Clerk had decided that her middle name would not appear on the ballot. This issue was not discussed with Ms. Brussé prior to the decision being made; she was given no opportunity to explain why it was important to include her full name on the ballot and why the City Clerk is not following the municipal election legislation requiring her full, proper, legal name to be included on the ballot.
Ms. Brussé intends to immediately bring an application under the Municipal Elections Act to have her full name printed on the ballot. Ms. Brussé stated: “The voters in Ward 2 are entitled to a fair election, which, in this case, includes a ballot that fully and fairly sets out the eligible candidates, that includes my full name, Regan Sunshine Brussé. I’m bringing this court application to fight for my rights, the same as I’ll fight for the rights of my constituents. Fairness is something we should all be concerned about and I’m in this election to bring fairness to City Hall.”
The Court has agreed to hear the application on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the Waterloo Region Court House located at 85 Frederick Street in Kitchener.
For more information please contact:
Regan Sunshine Brussé: Sunshine4Ward2@gmail.com +1.226.789.3299
September 19th, 2018
When I began this campaign, by submitting my papers on May 16th of this year, I filled in the line that said to write my name as I wished it to appear on the ballot, using my full name, Sunshine included. I had decided to centralize my campaign on the word Sunshine. I chose to use as my slogan " Vote Sunshine... for the smart growth of Ward 2!" developed with the aid of some wonderful volunteers. My signs were made with creativity and heart. My campaign manager and I worked hard to put together my lawn sign design.. by painting a sun image and then photographing the canvass, then adding words placed over the image digitally. I wanted to show the community the ways I am unique. I chose to be different in how I promoted myself in this election.
This past Monday, by chance, I discovered the the ballot list outside the Clerks office had removed the name "Sunshine" from my listing. I was there to celebrate Kitchener City Hall's 25th Anniversary and to submit some paperwork,and noticed it as I was looking at the art on the way to the office. I asked about this and after requesting my ID for verification, again, I was told that I would hear back from the clerks office with information. I waited until Tuesday, and received a phone call from the Clerks assistant. I was told that the decision had been made by the Clerk to not allow middle names. She had no firm reason to offer. I requested via email that the decision be confirmed in writing and that I be provided with Dispute Resolution Policy regarding issues of this nature.
I chose to return to City Hall to better review the Ballot List outside, hoping to find evidence of the why to this decision. I found none.
I waited until today to hear back, still having received no reply via email, I received a call this morning from the City Clerk. This call confirmed that indeed "Sunshine" had been removed from the ballot. That the decision, I was told, was made due to lack of room on the ballots. There was no room for Candidates middle names so it had been decided they would not be allowed. The ballot list still however lists 3 or more candidates (my photo of it cuts off and i need to revisit City hall to retake the photo- I initially just photographed the bulk that included my name in it for reference) still remain with double first names or last names. Some contain character counts above what it would take to include mine as requested.
My name is Regan Sunshine Brussé. It has been my whole life. In Holland, where my family is from, my first name is pronounced as the word "rain", though my mother misspelled it.
My campaign has been invalidated by the clerks decision. This amounts to election interference. Although the clerk holds the right to make the decision that has been made, my rights have been impeded. I have invested into Sunshine, not Regan, in my campaigns marketing. I have told constituents at their doors to "just remember Sunshine".
Following the instructions in the 2018 Candidates Guide, I submitted my legal name (Regan Sunshine Brussé) as I wanted it to appear on the ballot when I filed my nomination back in May. I was led to believe my preference had been accepted because the City has had me listed as Regan Sunshine Brussé on its own election website since I entered my name in this race.
No one ever informed me otherwise.
And now, with less than 4 weeks before the first votes will be cast, my campaign built on my distinctive middle name has had the rug pulled out from under it. Not only would such a deficit on the ballot place me at a serious disadvantage, it will certainly cause confusion to voters.
Despite my request both yesterday and today to have this confirmed in writing, I am still only able to offer the public my relay of events as this has not happened.
I ask the public, the voters, the media, everyone, please help me spread this information and right this wrong. I have the right to stand as WHO I AM in this election.
I have the right to be me, Regan SUNSHINE Brussé.